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Medical expert on healthy nutrition: ‘Protect the liver and feed the gut’

Medical expert on healthy nutrition: ‘Protect the liver and feed the gut’

  • Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric neuroendocrinologist and New York Times best-selling author, is sounding the alarm about health myths in his new book. He focuses on what “healthy” really means when it comes to food.
  • Two golden rules for healthy food are to “protect the liver” and “feed the gut.” Keep sugar at arm’s length to save the liver from being overwhelmed, which can lead to chronic metabolic diseases. Meanwhile, load up on fiber to keep your gut happy and robust.
  • Lustig emphasizes that real food is your best bet for good health. You’ll find it around the edges of the grocery store, and here’s the kicker: it usually doesn’t have a label. Processed food, on the other hand, is high in sugar and low in fiber—pretty much a recipe for disaster.
  • Going beyond your personal health, Lustig argues that ditching processed foods can actually help the environment. From reducing methane emissions in cows to lessening nitrogen runoff from fields, making better food choices is like killing two birds with one stone.
  • The doc’s parting wisdom? Real food may cost you more upfront, but processed food will eventually cost you your health. As the old saying goes, “Pay the farmer or pay the doctor.” Choose wisely!

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